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The Jeffersons Move on Up 

The pilot episode for "The Jeffersons," where George and Louise move to "a deluxe apartment in the sky."

Director:

Wes Kenney (as H. Wesley Kenney)

Writers:

Norman Lear (developed by), Don Nicholl | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker (credit only)
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic (credit only)
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic (credit only)
Mike Evans ... Lionel Jefferson
Isabel Sanford ... Louise Jefferson
Sherman Hemsley ... George Jefferson
Roxie Roker ... Helen Willis
Franklin Cover ... Tom Willis
Paul Benedict ... Harry Bentley
Berlinda Tolbert ... Jenny Willis
Zara Cully ... Mother Jefferson
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Storyline

Four years after moving on Hauser Street and tolerating Archie's racial barbs, George and Louise decide to move to finally move on up to the east side of Manhattan into a luxurious apartment to be closer to his new dry cleaning store located in the same building. George is shocked to find out that among his new neighbors is an eccentric English United Nations interpreter named Harry Bently. However, George really becomes furious when he finds out that also living in their building are Tom and Helen Willis; the interracial parents of Lionel's fiancée Jenny. Soon George is ready to move out of the apartment and back to Queens. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The plot is the pilot for the television series The Jeffersons (1975) which was the last of the Norman Lear spin-offs to leave the airways. See more »

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Check the ending credits! "Helen Willis" is listed as Madge Sinclair instead of Roxie Roker who actually was featured. Check it out for yourself. See more »

Quotes

Harry Bentley: Well, jambo.
George Jefferson: Did you say Sambo?
Harry Bentley: Jambo. It's Swahili. Actually it means "hello".
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References The Jeffersons (1975) See more »

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The Jeffersons move out of Bunkersville in style
20 December 2017 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

The Jeffersons move to the East side of Manhattan when George opens a new cleaning store.

This pilot episode for the spin off show "The Jeffersons" is a good beginning for it. Edith is the only main cast member to appear and she has a touching good bye with Louise. We first meet Harry Bentley, an eccentric English neighbor with a bad back and asks George to walk on it. Lionel is seen with his fiancee Jenny (now played by Berlinda Tolbert) and her parents a white man Tom Willis and his black wife Helen. George is still not happy about having them as in laws. They are played by Franklin Cover and Roxie Roker both are better comic performers then the ones that originally played the parts (Charles Aidman and Kim Hamilton) on an earlier episode.


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